If you’re looking for an trendy pub meal in Hervey Bay, the Bay Central Tavern on Boat Harbour Drive is worth a visit.
Saucy Pierre* has been keen to check out the Fraser Coast’s eating places while visiting the region over the past year and a half. We’ve dinned out mainly in Maryborough because that was where I lived until November 2019.
Since then I’ve moved to Eli Waters at Hervey Bay, the other major city that makes up the Fraser Coast, so now we have many more eating places from which to choose.
Joining my two new friends, Jane and Margaret, at the Bay Central Tavern for lunch on Thursday, I loved the Thai Fried Noodles I ordered and the ladies gave me glowing reports of their choices so I knew Pierre would be keen to try out the tavern.
Saturday night would be somewhat busier than Thursday though.
The staffer who took my booking said that with country rock band Eight Second Ride performing as part of their Goes Country Tour, management was expecting a full house but she could squeeze us in anyway.
After catching the tavern’s courtesy bus there, we found our booking had mistakenly been made for Sunday night. To the staff’s credit, they soon found a table for us in the bistro rather than on the deck where we were meant to be seated.
The error was a blessing in disguise. It was much quieter in the bistro than sitting near Rocky the mechanical bull as wannabe rodeo riders tested their inner cowboys!
Pierre is a food and drink connoisseur from way back.
I’ve always been into lean, clean healthy foods but since meeting Pierre, I’ve become a more adventurous with food and now occasionally let him sweet talk me into eating some of the things I consider to be, well, let’s just say not the best choice, nutritionally speaking.
While he ordered a 200 gram Graziers Eye Fillet with pepper sauce, chips and salad, I ordered Macadamia Barramundi (fresh barramundi with macadamia crust) served with smashed chats, hollandaise sauce and a coriander, tomato, avocado and rocket salad. See featured picture.
Pierre devoured his eye fillet saying it was deliciously tender and full of flavour but his pepper sauce could have been hotter and the salad was best not to discuss.
My Macadamia Barramundi, smashed chats and salad were all delicious and well presented.
We each enjoyed a glass of Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Rosé and finished our dinner by sharing a Brandy Snap Basket served with fruit salad and whipped cream. Pierre is yet to convince me to eat a whole dessert all on my own!
Will we make the tavern our Local?
Are we likely to eat again at Bay Central Tavern? Definitely!
The service was spot on – everyone from the courtesy bus driver to the waitress was pleasant, helpful and welcoming. The only improvement we can suggest is to boost the salad that goes with the Graziers Eye Fillet.
Perhaps we would choose a quieter night to visit but that’s our preference.
It was plain to see a lot of people loved the busy atmosphere, lapping up the live music and entertainment that kept the popular venue pumping throughout the evening.
We’ve also been told the massive outdoor screen is immensely popular on State of Origin nights and when other big sports and entertainment events are playing.
*Saucy Pierre is not his real name – he’s shy, really!
Brandy Snap Basket